* Posts by Morten Bjoernsvik

191 posts • joined 7 Mar 2008


If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build

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Win10 fast ring crashed improved my software

In october the fast ring WSL(window subsystem for linux) failed and forced me to convert all my pythonscripts to comply with powershell. I have a shell loader module that check environment variables and prepare the script for what environment to run them in adding powershell.exe in front of any python job. Took me about two days with unittests. When WSL was back next week, I didn't bother going back because linux is very well covered with tests on an ubuntu system running jenkins in docker.

If Your software can cope with some crashes and lost files, You should take the opportunity to improve when they happens.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: To all professional sysadmins here

>Some of us, have enough real work (TM) to justify our ongoing existence.

Like porting python software to windows. I much rather do SystemD than service wrappers which needs a hack like nssm.exe, or navigating around with event logger. If there was SystemD on windows it would be a great improvement.

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Re: Width

collapse + expand buttons for nested comments would be great :-)

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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Re: NATO task force can't read Morse code?

But they are way better than our navy officers:


Norwegian journalist, military expert and political analyst Helge Lurås has suggested that the dramatic incident is closely related to the proportion of women in the Norwegian Armed Forces:


It all boils down to officers leaving untrained freshmen in charge. Quite common out in open sea far up north where there is almost impossible to hit anything, but inshore close to an oil terminal it is utterly suicide.

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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proxy managing

Back in last decade I set up a proxy service to ease the cost on our frame relay. but this proxy service came with extensive logging and grouping of service. Turned out more than 30% was web pages categorized as having "adult content".

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: Note to self ..

use LetsEncrypt and Certbot

What now, Larry? AWS boss insists Amazon will have dumped Oracle database by end of 2019

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Oracle has very goog technology for large corporations

I do not support they arrogant treatment of customers and out of this world pricey licensing, but for large customers like Amazon. Oracle might be the sweetspot:

I once knew a DBA that single-handedly managed 425 oracle databases on 2 exadatas, with full redundancy and rollback, rollforward and multitiered backup in seconds on mirrored raid. I've never been given so good support. And we had to support oracle instead of mysql beacause to the cost of having a mysql dba and percona support was higher than using a better SLA with exadata.

It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

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run windows insider preview edition instead

and you get a lot of other problems, last month wsl failed to start, new version of hyper-v making all my vms unbootable, had to upgrade them to v9, but then you cant go back. bluetooth driver suddenly failing. I rather put my precious stuff in containers running on debian or ubuntu.

The best way to screw the competition? Do what they can't, in a fraction of the time

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Once I did fraud software service. We got a call from a bank on friday at 4pm. It had been a breach at an online merchant and they wanted to know all their customers that had used their cards there the last 6months. They asked their large datawarehouse/Mainframe dept to do the query, but they said they did not have time until monday. So their called us a small Fraud app service provider. The query took 30minutes (simple on merchantid within the given timeframe for the banks issuer binranges). I charged 2hours and they could reissue cards for all affected users before 8pm. On monday there was a cake in the reception with "Thanks from XXXX".

Our brave El Reg vulture sat through four days of Oracle OpenWorld to write this cracking summary just for you

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More competition please

We're using Azure standard and basic tiers, and their CPU/Disk/IO/Mem allocations seem to 'optimize' with each new version. Resulting in apps taking longer and longer to start. On my laptop logstash takes 35sec to start (I7 4600), in azure on standard tiers it takes 5minutes.

Probably wants us to pay more for better tiers. Some wants to take it back inhouse. So I hope for Oracle/Dell/HP to get their clouds into shape. We need more competition. If you buy an Oracle license you get free servers in their cloud. They cant sell it, they can only give it away.

BlackBerry KEY2 LE: Cheaper QWERTY, but not for what's inside

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BT keyboard anyone

If they had only increased the screen to do super wide mode instead of that tiny keyboard. I much rather go along with an $25 BT keyboard. This is only for Blackberry nostalgics or people writing a lot on their mobile devices for with there are lots of far better options. (like putting a LTE card in your laptop)

Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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atom vs snapdragon

How does snapdragon compare to atom?

How many surface3s did MS sell?. it was a similar product (Atom X7) and it flunked. If you bought it without keyboard it was useless due to all the bugs. after 3 years most of the bugs have been ironed out, and it is like a very slow tablet running win10 and if you are masochistic you can install virtual box and run linux under a vm, or use Windows Subsystem for Linux. For the same amount of money you get a way better balanced intel i5 laptop.

WoA will not reach critical mass and be a bug ridden frustration.

Give Samsung a hand: Chaebol pulls back Arm to strike Intel's chips

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arm servers out there

I would love to replace my aging Xeon E5540 with 4cores and 192GB of ram (Initially from 2011) with some arm iron. Atleast some competition will give us better prices.

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: 17.46km/HOUR???

>I can RUN that fast.

While we can manage this top speed for a short time, it is quite hard for an hour:

My record is 12.85km in an hour, the world record is 21,25km/hour


Big Mike is going to make HPE's life a living Dell: Server sales surge

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How SGI doing in HPE

>So HPE, that Compaq merger. How's that working out for you?

Wasn't that back in previous century? I'm more interested in the SGI acquisition. that was a sad day for HPC. All their boxes look terribly boring now. HPE Superdome Flex. Funny they resurrected the superdome name.

Former UK.gov IT man and Python king's guide to neural networks

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jupyter notebooks

The book has a git repo with jypyter notebooks also:


BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

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Re: Well...


You will be surprised how digital BMW really is... and snotty little upstarts like Uber and Google will have a lot to learn still... BMW et al (and especially Volvo & Saab)


Why do you mention SAAB, you mean the auto-manufactuer once owned by GM, who went bankrupt in late 2011 or the truck company called Scania Automotive AB now part of Volkswagen Group?

SAAB where nice cars for Nordic winters, but selling 50K a year was far too little to survive without the GM koffers. They were trial and tested, not much advanded electronics there compared to Volvo. Which is another chapter. Owned by Chineese Geely, still doing most of the design and production in Sweden/Netherlands. but with two megafactories in China with lots of free capacity it is just a matter of time before their high end models go the same way.

A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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Some habits are hard to break

Nice to hear people still using Excel and SQL for analytics, when a general purpose programming language and dataframe support makes it so much easier.

I worked years creating fraud reports in perl from large sql-databases, where the output had to be an excel spreadsheet. My major concerns were the 64K row limit and the crappy positioning. I alsways spent more than 60% of the time on Excel presentation.

Now I do python with dataframes using pandas and store it in a nosql elasticsearch database. I then import them into R for final analysis and presentation. In a nosql database you can store dataframes directly, it is like a multidimensional sql database. no more issues with positioning within the spreadsheet and presentation follows using the R cran modules.

Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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Re: "They'll be back."

Why not run a citrix metaframe (XenApp) for all those windows only app. it will give you extended sercurity, better administration, license management etc. I've tested PS on an hopeless old eecpc (2010 something) although in 1000x800 2GB running ubuntu 12.04 with xendesktop to xenappserver with nvidia grid. It runs like hell. small resolution but very fast, runs circles around any framebuffer cpu emulated model. All rendering and program is running on the server, the client only displays the framebuffer like it was video. The server had an expensive nvidia Tesla card (K80 =~ $3100 for 24GB), it can easily handle 10-20 PS power users. I also so a demostration on a dualscreen 4K zoomin in and out of a 12GB image, but that was probably a pretty decent client.

In a large organization having power apps organized like this, will save both money and administration.

Baaa-d moooo-ve: Debian Linux depicts intimate cow-sheep action in ASCII artwork

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cowsay-off is part of ubuntu standard repo

$ sudo apt install cowsay-off -y

$ cowsay -l

Cow files in /usr/share/cowsay/cows:

apt beavis.zen bong bud-frogs bunny calvin cheese cock cower daemon default dragon dragon-and-cow duck elephant elephant-in-snake eyes flaming-sheep ghostbusters gnu head-in hellokitty kiss kitty koala kosh luke-koala mech-and-cow meow milk moofasa moose mutilated pony pony-smaller ren sheep skeleton snowman sodomized-sheep stegosaurus stimpy suse three-eyes turkey turtle tux unipony unipony-smaller vader vader-koala www

$ echo "Join the Dark Side" | cowsay -f vader-koala

I recall a beta release of Chef had all console output in cowsay :-)

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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Re: Android One

My previous employer's public root-ca expired in may 2016, It was upgraded according to plan a few months before it expired. But android 4.2 and below was not updated. We had to manually create a little app to import the new root-ca into android's truststore as a X509 v3 ca.

Sole Equifax security worker at fault for failed patch, says former CEO

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Re: Double failure

As CEO your main job is to be responible. You are paid to be there when the shit hits the fan. Kicking downwards definitely not. No respect.

Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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IBM built a massive blue gene for simulating a cat brain:


And there was massive critism because the neuron simulators were way too simple, so it was a very very stupid cat, even though the size was good.

Vibrating walls shafted servers at a time the SUN couldn't shine

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Tivoli blues

In the mid-late 90ies I worked for SGI. In a large city in the west Norway we had a top500 computer installed. Every year around mid May we had to replace 5-6 powersupplies. One year we found the reason: around 17of may there was a tivoli using the same power central.

Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

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equifax stock price still ~$90

Since sep8 it has only dropped around $50. I would have expected much worse.

Why cant folks hash their databases and use a tokenizer for lookups. You then only protect the tokenizer that only hold your username and the hash it references to in the database. And of course you change it monthly, Easier to protect a 2colum 30mill row table than an entire database. This is kept in your pcidss zone. where all access it logged and protected.

Pretend Python packages prey on poor typing

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pypi should have a better weighting

Visiting pypi I always find lots of modules doing the same thing. You have weight that goes up to 15?. But it does not say much about documentation, ease of use, updated and used in other modules. I went through 5 modules concerning active-directory with weight more than 7 before I found one I got working. Even requests the most popular pypi module only have weight 8. This is way better in perl on cpan.org where you get weight based on user feedback. I was never in doubt when adding a sub quality module.

On nodejs we have meteorjs which have their own wrapper around npm so you only download verified versions of npm packages that work with meteorjs. Assure if works both client and server. Helped me a lot especially upgrading old single page apps.

Malware? In my Docker container? It's more common than you think

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build from scratch and use private registry

Use a private registry, like nexus3.

And build all images from scratch. Dockerfiles for everything can be found on dockerhub.

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

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Re: Crashplan did it all...


The well-known ones like Backblaze, SpiderOak, Carbonite all tend to be OK for a single computer, but get very expensive backing up multiple machines (e.g. for a family).


Years ago I had Carbonite, but they started trottle if you had more than 100GB, When I switched to crashplan it only took me 2 days to sync my 200GB. My only complain with Crashplan is that often my storage pool has not been online when I needed to restore a file. I had to wait up to an hour.

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Re: Alternative peer-to-peer backup?

<quote>You can buy a NAS such as Synology or WDMyCloud or QNAP and their software will allow you to |sync NAS to NAS. So back up your files to your local Synology, and then N minutes later, your files |are also available on the remote Synology.</quote>

Synology is great, but invest in an UPS. I've lost 3 Synologies (of the value and J series) due to lighting. Fortunately my DS416play only needs around 120W with 4 drives, so a £60 500W ups is enough. All 3 times my linux server using the same outlet and not on ups have had no problem, but it has a top of the line 850W power.

Confessions of an ebook eater

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Re: My first coding experience...

This book defined my career: https://www.amazon.com/UNIX-Network-Programming-Richard-Stevens/dp/0139498761, I enjoyed every page and used all my free time typing in the examples in slackware linux, It was my first journey into unix/linux and my first hacks. Loved how it worked in HPUX(1990), linux(1993) and later on Sun4 and Irix. When I landed my first job at SGI (1997) it was instrumental in my daily job tuning and analyzing Irix systems against all the other unixes.

Kill Google AMP before it kills the web

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We use microdata


Can be quite efficiently parsed if You put it at the beginning of the html before all the javascript and inline scripting. And google works fine with it.

Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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Re: Never Blackberry

I think you mixed up here, it was NTP that was the patent troll suing RIM

(RIM had to pay ~$612 mill, for using email on a mobile device, NTP later settled and lured money from the rest of the tech industry, a major fault in the legal system, let us never experience this again)


MySQL daddy Widenius: Open-source religion won't feed MariaDB

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poor dude

Where is the $1billion Sun coughed up for Mysql Monty? You can fund whatever pet project for eternity.

Dell slips into a slimmer red dress after sales diet

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Re: Ubuntu


This strikes me as odd but is common. Top of the range machines are not available with Linux, but which ones are the target market (developers) likely to want to buy?


Most drivers for desktops and laptops hardware are developed for windows. In order to get them on linux you need someone the port the driver, which means getting hold of the hardware after release.

Best bet is to use only intel hardware.

Facebook's React Native is exciting devs. Or is it, really?

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I find meteor more productive

Being a mediocre javascript programmer. I found maintaining and tuning my React stack taking too much time. Having several projects in various lifecycle stages on the same server, I always have problems when node.js is being updated.

I then moved to meteor. For me I had to switch to mongoDB from Redis. I find it a bit slower, especially on grapic intensive apps when doing changes. But 'meteor update' has saved me much time and hazzle. and the meteor.is_server() and meteor.is_client() separation is easier for a javascript novice to understand :-)

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YUI anyone

I still see YUI stuff around. Makes me sad when sorting a 100cols x 10000rows table in 30 sec, when it now takes 2 sec using React/webpack (with proper caching).

You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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Inhouse defined non documented web framework

A few days ago I looked up an old inhouse defined javascript framework. I was only going to add a simple link, but spent 2 hours just figuring out what files to add, what to call it and how to write sane markup. All was just lookup tables with clueless names.

Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

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Top management get their bonuses whatever

I recall my years at SGI, Warren Pratt our Chief of Engineering got a $1mill bonus the year we canned MIPS to go for the terrible Itanic, the annus horribilis. I asked at a shareholder conference if they could state the reason for his bonus, but I was completely ignored. I really like all bonus incentives for top management to be clearly defined in the annual reports. Lots have stock value incentives, which means pointless buybacks to reduce assets and inflate stock prices, Selling off low margin divisions and headcount reductions are most effective.

Taking IBM's size into consideration a $4.5mill bonus is quite modest. IBM is becomming more and more irrelevant. Bluemix/softlayer vs AWS. dont make me laugh. I spent 2 days getting a cluster app singing on AWS and EC2. With bluemix I never got the nodes configured and the database was DB2 and middleware WebsphereMQ. This was 1 year ago, they may have improved since then.

Boeing just about gives up on the 747

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Re: Interesting

"Naaah. The fact is that the A380 is just a much better plane, and it's selling like hot cakes at the expense of the Jumbo."

Ehh. Not exactly. A380 is a larger but much more expensive plane. Only 2 where ordered in 2015. Airbus will never reach profitability on that model. The future belongs to the two engines models.

HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

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This is all about margins.

M$ is willing to use a bit of their $90billion coffin to ensure Dell HP earn more per Surface they sell compared to manufacturing and selling their own stuff.

Nothing to do with quality just a new way to spend money to get a foothold in the market.

Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Re: You need deep pockets for any class on 787 with BA

Norwegian has flown Dreamliners for 2 years now. some initial problems with spare part availability I believe they were first in Europe. You can fly direct Oslo-Oakland for £250 and Oslo-Bankok for £300,

Citrix really needs to get its act together, and soon

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Installing Citrix

Have been working for years with vmware ESX, workstation, virtual box, terminal server. But I had to call in experts to install Citrix XenApp server. They have really messed this one up. I counted 14 citrix services running on my server in order to get it all up and running.

World finally ready for USB-bootable OS/2

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vmware and OS/2

>> The PC needed to be replaced, but I had to scrounge another 486 to run it on

>Generic 486 or a PS/2 style motherboard with MCA etc. I assume you keep in contact and have a >small stock of similar PC's to draw on...

Had the same issue a few years back with a printing shop. some legacy silk printing equipment was controlled using an old pentium90 in OS/2.

Backed up the diskimage and copied all the apps to a vmware OS/2 image. Actually it managed to use the intel pro1000 in 10MBit mode all thanks to vmware host driver management.

It booted in 5sec :-). OS/2 is not official guest OS but it worked in this case on workstation7.

But it could only use one core :-).

Game of Thrones: Where to now for headless Nintendo?

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bean counting dept

Under the first picture it says 1969-2015 is he 45 or 55? No offense :-)

Yahoo! displaces Ask in Oracle's Java update crapware parade

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wrong headliner

Yahoo! displaces! Ask! in! Oracle's! Java! update! crapware! parade!

City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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One passord to rule them all.

Goldman Sachs gives Spotify its mixtape. And by mixtape, we mean a suitcase with $350m in it

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Sound growth is no longer an option


$887Mill in 8rounds. It's just an arms race to bankrupt the other similar services. The idea of building a sustainable profitability and grow the company accordingly is no longer enough. But then you get loansharks like Kleiner Perkins and Goldman Sachs onto the decision board. RIP Spotify.

The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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3M where your Novec

This look genious an isolating liquid with heat conductivity close to water.

Just set up a tank and drop your electric gear into it:


IBM feathers pillow with System z cash – but still losing sleep after 12 quarters of decline

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Earnings per share is bloated due to large buybacks


IBM managed to surprise the analysts, though, but posting earnings of $2.91 per diluted share, which was better than they'd hoped for.


IBM used ~$14Bill on stock buybacks in 2014 the same in 2013. it is now less than 1Bill stocks outstanding. Lowest since 2007. But they eat up their cash reserve and totalt value of the company is falling. Not a very good sign in the end the coffin will be empty and turnover close to zero but the EPS will still be above Analysts estimate.

That money should have been invested into research and development.

Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: yeah, sounds familiar


Ask RedHat developers why they do not recommend consumer nVidia GPU for passthrough in kvm/vfio .... similar reason,


One of the 100 reasons I spend $170 on vmware workstation.

I play all my games on a linux box with a GTX660 with a win7 guest.


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